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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Six B’s Hitchin’ Post, written by Julie Barker and illustrated by Carolyn Altman, tells the story of a jack rabbit aptly named Hitchin Post who loves the Six B’s ranch where he lives. Unfortunately, the ranch suffers a drought which means the cattle have to be moved to fresh pastures, and Hitchin’ Post begins to wonder if everything in the idyllic life he leads might change once the cattle leave. It is clear that all the ranch hands love their life on the ranch, and they all agree that all the riches in the world would not make them happier than they are living at Six B’s.
This delightful story is told in rhyme, which initially came as an unexpected but pleasant surprise. Old jack rabbit Hitchin Post is adorable in his wild west attire and his laid-back attitude. The illustrations are lovely and depict the rhymes well with great characterisations. Apart from the engaging story there is a moral hidden in this work, which is about being grateful for what life has provided you with and making the most of every day. It will be an ideal story to read to a child at bedtime where a parent/child could discuss Hitchin’ Post’s life and what makes it so special, and then perhaps look at the child’s life for comparison. The jack rabbit is a really lovable character that will appeal to any young reader, and together with the flowing rhymes make this a lovely storybook that every child will love.